Who Is Democrat Homosexual Black Dick Eating Ed Buck?

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Oct 20, 2021, 7:15:02 PM10/20/21
Who is Ed Buck? Those who follow politics in West Hollywood know
him as the guy whose successful campaign for a ban on fur sales
helped propel City Councilmember John D’Amico into office in
2011. He’s also known for his tenacious digging into City Hall
records to make a claim that credit cards were being misused.
And he is known for his financial support for local, county,
state and national Democratic Party candidates.

Another side to Buck has come to light lately with the L.A.
County Sheriff’s Department announcing it is opening an
investigation into the death in Buck’s Laurel Avenue apartment
on July 27 of a young African-American man named Gemmel Moore,
who was a self-confessed prostitute. The L.A. County Coroner’s
Office had ruled the death an accident caused by an overdose of
methamphetamine, a highly addictive and dangerous drug that is
popular among some gay men. The Sheriff’s Department says that
drugs and drug paraphernalia were found at Buck’s apartment.

That side of Buck has drawn little comment from local political
figures, although the Stonewall Democratic Club, an LGBT
political group, last week asked Buck to step down from his
position on its steering committee. But it has attracted a lot
of attention from the right-wing media here and abroad,
including publications such as the Drudge Report; TruNews, a
Christian news site; Political VelCraft, a right-wing conspiracy
site, and Voat.com, a website that promotes conspiracy theories
such as PizzaGate. Stories on those sites call out Buck’s
financial support for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign,
his homosexuality, his alleged attraction to young African-
American men and his alleged drug use.

Recently LGBT African-American activists also have begun to
speak out, calling for an investigation into Moore’s death.
Ashlee Marie Preston, the transgender African-American editor of
“Wear Your Voice,” an online feminist publication, has written
about an odd experience she had with Buck. “Moore’s death is
centered around power dynamics, a wealthy white politico and his
deadly fetishization of disenfranchised black men,” Preston
wrote. And Jasmyne Cannick,a black communications and public
affairs strategist, has called out Moore’s death on her website
with the headline “Journal Documents How Wealthy Democratic
Donor Hooked Young Black Gay Man on Meth Before His Death.”

The Beginning

Edward Bernard Peter Buckmelter (he changed his last name to
Buck in 1983) was born into a middle-class family in
Steubenville, Ohio, on Aug. 24, 1954. When he was six he moved
with his parents, a brother and two sisters to Phoenix, Ariz.
“My childhood was uneventful as hell,” he said in an interview
with the Arizona Republic in June 1987.

Buck attended a Catholic elementary school and graduated from
North High School and Phoenix College. Buck has described his
father as a “longtime alcoholic.” As a child, Buck himself was a
handful according to his mother, who was interviewed in October
1987 by E.J. Montini of the Arizona Republic. “The dean of boys
had a hot line to my phone at work,” she said, speaking of
Buck’s high school years. “I’d answer the phone and say, ‘All
right, what is it this time?’”

Buck came out to his parents as gay at the age of 16 and, while
attending college, won a three-month internship that took him to
Yugoslavia. In his profile, the Arizona Republic’s Montini says
that a year after that Buck returned to Europe and was offered a
spot as an extra in a TV commercial. Buck stayed in Europe for
five years, living in Paris and Amsterdam, where he worked as a
fashion model and appeared in movies and magazines. He also
modeled in Japan for Wrangler jeans. Buck returned to Arizona in
1980 and began working for a friend as a bicycle courier.

In his interview with Montini, Buck said he worked for the
Arizona franchise of Rapid Information Services, a business
owned by a friend that provided driver’s license information to
insurance companies. Despite his lack of business experience,
and the business’s poor financial situation (his friend ran it
out of a one-bedroom apartment), Buck saw great potential in it.
A year and a half after joining and helping build the business,
Buck bought it out of bankruptcy for $250,000 and renamed it
Gopher Courier. Five years later he sold it for what he said in
another interview was “more than a million dollars profit.”

Very wealthy at the age of 32, Buck took risks, opening a
restaurant and getting into the pay telephone business, on both
of which he lost money. He owned a $280,000 house on top of a
hill near Squaw Peak (now known as Piestewa Peak), a mountain
outside of Phoenix. He also, according to a story in the Gayly
Oklahoman newspaper, had entered into a relationship with a
Chippendale dancer.

Diving Into Politics

Buck found new meaning in his life with the election in 1987 of
Evan Mecham, a Republican, as Arizona’s 17th governor. Mecham
was a controversial figure, not least because of his decision to
end Martin Luther King Day as a paid holiday for state
employees, his claim that high divorce rates were caused by
women holding jobs and his description of African-American
children as “pickaninnies.” Then there were the accusations that
he misused state funds and failed to disclose a $350,000
campaign loan.

Buck launched a successful effort to impeach Mecham, leading the
Arizona Republic to describe Buck as a “millionaire, self-
acknowledged homosexual and registered Republican” who was
“destined to go down in history as one of Arizona’s most
unlikely political figures.”

The impeachment campaign was a rough one, with Buck attacked
because he was gay. It also resulted in publicity about Buck’s
arrest for “public sexual indecency” in an adult bookstore in
1983. Buck pleaded guilty and paid a fine, and the charge was
dismissed. He claimed a cop had seen him grab the crotch of a
friend. Buck also was called out for trying to get a drugstore
to fill a fake prescription for Percocet, a highly addictive
drug that contains oxycodone. In an interview in 1988 with the
Washington Blade, Buck said he had made a copy of an existing
prescription and needed to fill it because of pain from a root
canal. Buck was indicted by a Maricopa (Ariz.) County grand jury
on a charge of “attempting to obtain a narcotic through fraud or
deceit.” A judge agreed to dismiss charges against Buck if he
would be tested weekly for drug use for one year.

Given that Buck was openly gay, and that Mecham was known as
homophobic (he once said during a radio interview that he would
ask for a list of gay state employees, implying he would fire
them), Buck became somewhat of an LGBT community hero. In 1989,
for example, he was named Grand Marshal of the International Gay
Rodeo in Arizona. Yet Buck didn’t identify with some parts of
the gay community. In his interview with the Washington Blade,
Buck criticized some for their flamboyance. “We dress up, we see
guys in their best leather, others in their best dresses,
marching down the street,” he said. “These people do not
represent the majority of gay people, who would never wear
costumes. And it drives the semi-closeted and moderate gay
people underground.”

Switching Parties

In 1988 at a Republican Party conference in Oklahoma City, Buck
called for changes in the party’s “intolerant” stand on LGBT
rights in Oklahoma, which included opposition to state-mandated
sex education programs in schools. Unable to make major changes
in his political party, Buck soon switched allegiances. In an
online post in 2010, he explained his decision. “I didn’t leave
the Republican Party, it left me. I can remember Barry Goldwater
saying ‘out of the boardroom and out of the bedroom’ when
referring to the role of government. That’s the GOP I was a
proud member of … My principals have not changed, but to keep
true to them, my political party had to change.”

Buck continued his political involvement as a Democrat, hosting
a fundraiser for the Gay and Lesbian Political Campaign Fund ’90
in 1989 at his Squaw Peak home, with openly gay U.S. Rep. Barney
Frank (D-Mass.) as a special guest. He also helped raise money
for HIV/AIDS services in Arizona. He also successfully pushed
Circle K, a nationwide chain of convenience stores based in
Phoenix, to back away from a policy of denying medical coverage
to those with AIDS or substance abuse problems.

Moving to West Hollywood

Buck “retired” to West Hollywood in 1991. One of the causes he
embraced in WeHo was rescuing abandoned or endangered animals.
He is said to have fostered care for more than 40 over a five-
year period. In 2007 he made an unsuccessful run for a seat on
the City Council. In that campaign, he teamed up with Steve
Martin and Heavenly Wilson to challenge incumbents John Heilman,
Abbe Land and Sal Guarriello, all of whom were re-elected. In
2010 Buck was featured on CNN and other news channels when he
attended a town hall meeting and interrupted Meg Whitman, who
was running as the Republican candidate for governor of
California. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie went face-to-face
with Buck and asked him to stop.

Buck put his political energy and skills to work in a campaign
to get West Hollywood to enact the nation’s first ban on the
sale of fur products. As part of that effort, he backed John
D’Amico’s campaign for a seat on the City Council. D’Amico
declared his support for a fur ban, something opposed by the
WeHo Chamber of Commerce and some local businesses. Buck also
helped D’Amico in his effort to position himself as a reformer
who would push back against the political establishment,
especially John Heilman, who has been on the City Council since
West Hollywood was incorporated in 1984.

As part of that effort, Buck demanded access to city records to
build a case that City Hall staffers and some City Council
members were misusing city credit cards. That campaign focused
mostly on Fran Solomon, the deputy to Heilman. In a press
conference the day before the March 7, 2011, election, D’Amico
and fellow challengers Scott Schmidt, Steve Martin, Mito Aviles
and Lucas John Junkin issued a statement saying that ”tens of
thousands of taxpayer dollars (have been) wasted on high-end
meals and luxurious gifts for City Hall staff, developers and

A subsequent investigation by the city largely refuted those
accusations, noting that Solomon had spent less than $2,000 in
2010 on meals with constituents and people doing business with
the city, which was part of her role as a full-time deputy to a
part-time council member. Other expenses called out by Buck and
the City Council candidates involved payments for awards such as
gift cards and ball point pens to city employees who had reached
certain employee milestones. The district attorney did launch an
investigation into Councilmember John Duran’s spending on
lunches but eventually dropped it.

The Death of Gemmel Moore

Buck has kept a relatively low profile since the 2011 City
Council election. He has, however, continued to contribute to
election campaigns. The right-wing media outlets have called out
$2,750 that he contributed to Hillary Clinton’s 2016 election
campaign. A quick online search shows donations of nearly
$30,000 through June of this year to Democratic candidates in
state races such as Ted Lieu, Pete Aguilar, Raja Krishnamoorthi
and the Getting Things Done PAC. On Aug. 9 he updated the photo
on his Facebook page, which he apparently hadn’t posted on for
more than a year. Many of his friends welcomed him back.

Buck was back in the news last week after a video was posted
online with LaTisha Nixon demanding an investigation of the
death of her son, Gemmel Moore, a 26-year-old African-American
man, at Buck’s apartment at 1234 Laurel Ave. on July 27. The
outcry over Moore’s death prompted the L.A. Sheriff’s Department
to announce it was opening an investigation into the incident,
which the Coroner’s Office previously had ruled an accidental
death caused by methamphetamine use.

While various local and national blogs are posting allegations
about the death that aren’t backed up by publicly available
facts, lesbian activist Jasmyne Cannick has published photos of
pages from Gammel Moore’s journal, which his family recently
retrieved from the Sheriff’s Department, that describe a drug
using relationship between him and Buck.

“My mind and action change. I am not the same person I was born
to be,” Moore wrote in his journal. “I felt as if I sold my soul
to the devil — I want to be back in the hands of God. I want to
be healed from drugs, poverty and troubles. I want independence.
I want my own. There’s so much madness going on in my life. It’s
got to be illegal and wrong. The way I was raised to be, you
would never expect this.

“I just hope the end result isn’t death. Someone needs to save
me soon. The only person in my corner is the person who turned
me this way, the way I feel right now. Honestly, I don’t care to
live anymore. I do wanna die. I feel like I’ve done way too much
that this lifetime allows. If it didn’t hurt so bad I’d kill
myself but I’ll let Ed Buck do it for now. Dec. 3, 2016, I miss
my grandma.”

On another page Moore explicitly called out his drug use as a
problem. “Something is seriously wrong with me and my body. I
don’t feel normal. I honestly think it has to do with the
injection of drugs. It makes me feel horrible like I’m so tired
of living this life.”

WEHOville reached out to Ed Buck for a response to the
allegations against him. However, he has not responded to that

LaTisha Nixon, who lives in Texas, has launched a GoFundMe page
to solicit donations to cover the cost of her travel to Los
Angeles to retrieve her son’s body and pay funeral expenses.
There will be a candlelight vigil in memory of Gemmel Moore on
Friday at 7 p.m. at the West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station at 780
N. San Vicente Blvd., south of Santa Monica. A “home going”
service will be held on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. at the Simpson
Funeral Home at 5138 S. Broadway Ave. in Los Angeles.


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